Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

Excerpts from this story referencing "health information technology industry":

"… view relies too heavily on panel members with close ties to the burgeoning health information technology industry. He questioned its effectiveness in determining if the digital equipment c …"

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Gingrich's health center was power player in a host of Washington policy debates

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… duced by Sen. Al Franken, a liberal Minnesota Democrat and fellow Democrat Kay Hagan of North Carolina. It and a similar House bill each died in committee in 2 …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health information technology":

"… gister and list their products with the Office of the National Coordinator. …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Federal stimulus money will build exchanges, but may not be enough to sustain them

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Health information technology: Incentives may not always serve intended purpose

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Some payments may be going to doctors who have been using electronic health records for years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… o be administered through both Medicare and Medicaid, is part of President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus, the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinves …"

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… ent — even though podiatrists make up only about 1.5 percent of Medicare physicians and practitioners.Those numbers are no accident, according to Dr. James C …"

"… ported spending at least $45,000 to ensure “HIT Incentives for non-MD/DO physicians” and other issues in the first quarter of 2009 — podiatrists were ult …"

"… ,500 of the roughly 1,022,900 Medicare participating and non-participating physicians and practitioners — only about 1.5 percent.iWatch News attempted to rea …"

"… y podiatric conditions that will lead to your demise.”Dr. David Kibbe, a physician and senior adviser for the American Academy of Family physicians, said the …"

Only 15 of top 100 health information technology firms are lobbying on health IT

By Josh Israel

Many of the top health information technnology firms don't lobby on health IT

Just 16 of top health IT firms maintain corporate PACs

By Josh Israel

Many of the major players in health information technology do not sponsor corporate political action committees

Privacy advocates want stricter rules for online, patient-controlled health records

By Kimberly Leonard

Privacy groups say clearer rules are needed for online, patient-controlled health records, but an HHS study of the issue is 18 months late

Excluded groups want in on health information technology funding

By Kimberly Leonard

Economic stimulus package has $27 billion for health IT; excluded providers are fighting for a slice

Insurance brokers seek health reform change to safeguard profits

By Josh Israel

Insurance brokers seek change in health reform provision to protect profits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Finance Committee":

"… rs both the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the Finance Committee’s health care panel, notes government estimates indicate approximately $ …"

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

GOP deficit-cutters eye health IT stimulus funds as Obama’s point man leaves

By Kimberly Leonard

Billions of unspent stimulus dollars slated for electronic health records are now a target for lawmakers searching the federal budget for cu

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… the university’s tenure rules. Industry leaders say his background as a physician, coupled with his experience working with now-deceased Democratic Sen. Edw …"

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Excerpts from this story referencing "hypertension":

"… linics. They also have higher rates of chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension, conditions that some research has shown digital technology can help addre …"

"… from 41 percent to 65 percent in the proportion of its 2,200 patients with hypertension who have stabilized their blood pressure in the last two years. It has als …"

"… nic medical records in the South. The goal: to analyze causes and rates of hypertension, a chronic condition found more prominently among blacks. Because the data …"

"… whether there are significant differences in the severity and treatment of hypertension within the black community. Researchers will also be surveying patients an …"

Push for safety oversight of electronic medical records is moving at a crawl

By Emma Schwartz

Nearly two years after the Obama administration announced plans to spend $40 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical

FDA, Obama digital medical records team at odds over safety oversight

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Previously undisclosed hospital mixup underscores challenges on road to reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… ty controls.Ben-Tzion Karsh, an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison who attended the National Institute of Standards and Technology …"

Amid digital records surge, a lack of policing by the FDA

By Emma Schwartz and Fred Schulte

Government offers incentives to buy electronic devices it doesn't track for safety

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cerner Corp.":

"… ons. Most of the reports involve three companies. They are: GE Healthcare, Cerner Corp., a major maker of electronic health records and Philips Medical Systems, a …"

As doctors shift to electronic health systems, signs of harm emerge

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… n Starren, a physician who oversees technology at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, lays out the dilemma starkly: “Computers are strong medicine. Done well …"

Effort to track medical safety issues faces long road ahead

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Panel seeks centralized data on hazards related to digital systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "software bugs":

"… efore anyone gets hurt.The proposed database could help designers work out software bugs before they cause harm and fix other hazards. Some errors result from soft …"

"… , where he directs computerized medical systems, hasn’t experienced many software bugs. But he said: “It’s amazing what an end user can do to a system to mak …"

FDA asks hospitals to report safety glitches in digital health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

In letter to 350 health centers, agency signals growing concern

Stimulus to push electronic health records could widen 'digital divide'

By Fred Schulte

Federal plan may leave behind small hospitals and rural doctors

Experts: Safety oversight needed as patient records go digital

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

With digital transition approaching for many practices, safety and security issues continue to surface

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… idly as the stimulus money kicks in. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked some of the nation’s largest electronic medical records vendo …"

Shopping for health software, some doctors get buyer’s remorse

By Emma Schwartz

Volatile industry prompts calls for oversight of firms’ financial strength

Switch to electronic health records could miss federal targets

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Cut in stimulus spending suggests early estimates of the cost for the switch were too optimistic

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… ials and David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.The document provides the most detailed information to date on the progres …"

Daschle had public and private role in push for digital health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Former Sen. Tom Daschle kept Washington's revolving door spinning

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… ffice of Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), where top Senate and White House officials had huddled to hash out details of health reform legislation.Whe …"

"… he president.” Daschle did not respond to requests for comment. The White House, which also declined to comment, has said previously that Daschle is an ex …"

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… s stuff is a miracle,” added Scot M. Silverstein of Drexel University, a physician and expert on health information technology. “Drug companies can’t say …"

"… Service fees and staff training add to the price tag.Steven E. Waldren, a physician and health tech expert with the American Academy of Family physicians, sai …"

"… a lot of complexity that doesn't need to be there.”David Kibbe, also a physician and an advisor to the family physicians’ group, said some smaller compan …"

"… to be there.”David Kibbe, also a physician and an advisor to the family physicians’ group, said some smaller companies sell systems that cost thousands of …"